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"Me, Candido!" Comedy/Satire; Drama 17 (9m, 8f) View Details Compare
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"ME, CANDIDO!" is the defiant battlecry of a homeless eleven-year-old shoeshine boy, who is unofficially adopted by Papa Gomez, a poor Puerto Rican with a large family recently arrived in New York; by truculent old Mr. Ramirez, proprietor of a restaurant locally known as "The Garbage Pail"; by Mike McGinty, an eloquent and thirsty ex-longshoreman; and by Yetta Rosenbloom, a lonely old woman whose family has drifted away from her. But the simple, kindly act of taking a boy in from the street comes up against the red tape of officialdom. Candido can't work in "The Garbage Pail"; he must goto school; he can't go to school till he has been legally adopted. They need a lawyer—for free; money is for rice and beans. But Candido is a boy, not a case history, and his fathers are determined to keep him out of an institution. The law does not concern itself with love. But the neighbors do, and the struggle spreads to the entire neighborhood. Candido becomes a cause celebre. Amid humorous entanglements, the situation is at last resolved in a poignant and moving scene in the courtroom.

"It is an absorbing drama, solid, vigorous, fresh. Mr. Anderson has a sense of humor as well as a sense of comedy." —NY Times. A tribute to love and brotherhood in a troubled world, the play is particularly timely. 

'Dentity Crisis Comedy/Satire 5 (2m, 3f) View Details Compare
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Recovering from a nervous breakdown, Jane is nursed and nagged by her relentlessly cheerful mother, and confused by her oversexed brother—who keeps changing into her father, her grandfather and her mother's French lover. Eventually all (including Jane's psychiatrist, who undergoes a sex change operation and swaps places with his wife) change characters again and become Jane herself—leaving her with no identity at all and pointing up the near impossibility of self-identification in our uncertain times.

First presented by the Yale Repertory Theater. An inventive, antic and mercilessly revealing black comedy, which deals harshly with the pretensions of modern psychiatry. "…irreverent mixture of parody, satire, theater jokes, and nonsense." —New Haven Register. "Durang's writing is short and sharp moments of wit and hilarity." —Variety.     

24 Hours AM Comedy/Satire; Drama (0m, 0f) View Details Compare
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This first half of 24 HOURS consists of twelve short plays covering the hours of one A.M. to twelve noon. Ranging widely in mood and style, from zany humor to touching sentiment to near tragedy, the plays cover the gamut of human emotions as well as the times of the day. Neatly dovetailed, the program moves along with exceptional swiftness and in covering so many facets of the human condition, provides an unique theatrical experience which, without question, offers something for everyone.

The first half of an integrated program of twenty-four short plays. Conceived by playwright Oliver Hailey as a project for the writers workshop which he established in Los Angeles, 24 HOURS (AM & PM) developed from a request that each workshop member write a short five to ten-minute play dealing with events at a particular hour of the day or night. The result was a program of great variety and wide-ranging imagination, which went on to critical and popular success in its production by the Back Alley Theatre. "…it's thrilling to see that high quality entertainment can be produced in concentrated form." —LA Herald Examiner. "The variety displayed here is tremendous. From birth to death and everything in between, these writers have it covered." —Data-Boy Magazine. "What is encouraging is the refreshing and seemingly unlimited inventiveness displayed." —LA Times.   

24 Hours PM Comedy/Satire; Drama (0m, 0f) View Details Compare
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In this second portion of 24 HOURS, the plays deal with events taking place during the hours of one P.M. to twelve midnight. Again the range of subjects and people represented is as broad and diverse as the imaginations of the writers involved. Somehow, however, life seems brighter when the "wee hours" have been left behind, and the result is a predominance of humor, much of it offbeat and truly hilarious, although a balance of serious and poignant moments is also provided to leaven the mixture. Again the final result is a unified and yet richly varied program, as absorbing and entertaining as it is uniquely original.

The second half of an integrated program of twenty-four short plays. Here, in the companion piece to 24 HOURS AM, the twelve component plays cover the period of midday to midnight with, again, an amazingly rich and varied mosaic of events and viewpoints represented. "…the plays not only follow the sun, they follow a winding path of introspection with approaches to the human condition as varied as the visions of the twenty-four playwrights." —Drama-Logue. "…not only highly successful in terms of showcasing diverse styles, moods and playwrights, but highly effective as an organic event." —Hollywood Reporter. "…thoroughly engaging, and skillfully constructed." —LA Herald Examiner.  

49th Cousin, The Comedy/Satire 10 (7m, 3f) View Details Compare
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As outlined in the New York Mirror, "It is based on [Lowe's] reminiscences of her late grandfather…Isaac Lowe was a cantankerous, opinionated man. He founded a synagogue in Syracuse at the turn of the century, and almost wrecked it. His possessiveness and prejudice kept his three daughters on the verge of spinsterhood until they revolted against his tyrannical ways. Being of German Jewish stock, Isaac looked down on Russians, Poles, Austrians and Hungarians. When one of his daughters defied him and married a young Russian salesman, he was irate. He was even more so when another became engaged to a Gentile school principle. Isaac thought the Lord had deserted him. He tried to turn atheist. But in the end, everything came out all right. The generosity of others made him see the error of his ways. A lightning bolt that hit the temple also helped…The title refers to the fact that if we believe in Adam and Eve, we're all cousins—forty-ninth or farther removed."

"The people…are such a truly sweet lot…that I'd like to think that they were still carrying on, somewhere, after the curtain has gone down." —NY Herald-Tribune. "…exceedingly funny lines…" —NY Newsday.   

90° in the Shade Comedy/Satire 6 (4m, 2f) View Details Compare
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It is the custom of Hector Pomadour to invite his friends to his home on Sunday for lunch and skittles. On this occasion, one of them has run into another gentleman on his way and has invited him to join the group. Hector is delighted, as Adolphe Dumanoir seems to be a man worthy of cultivation, at least, that is, until he is caught hugging and kissing Hector's wife. This, of course, calls for satisfaction, and despite the summer heat a duel is decided upon—after Hector has been assured by his friends that the guilty party would never think of defending himself against the injured husband. When Dumanoir makes it clear that he has no intention of being so foolishly gallant the picture changes, and while Hector and the others huddle to discuss strategy Madame Pomadour and Dumanoir hatch a little plot of their own. He agrees to let Hector off with a scratch, provided that Madame P. gives him another kiss. This she does, only to be discovered again—and the outrage is aggravated. But Gallic ingenuity comes to the fore, honor is satisfied, and all ends in a spirit of jovial camaraderie.

A gay and witty study of what happens when one French gentleman comes upon another French gentleman kissing the first gentleman's wife.  

About Time Comedy/Satire; Drama 2 (1m, 1f) View Details Compare
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ABOUT TIME takes place in the condominium kitchen of an old married couple. Over the course of the day from breakfast and lunch to dinner and a late snack, the couple talk about everything under the sun, especially food, sex, children and aging. She is getting slower than she used to be; in fact, it takes all morning to chop vegetables. He cannot move around quite as fast as he once did. Neither see their children as much as they would like. Yet both certainly have their wits about them as the dialogue snaps and crackles its way through the four scenes. Faced with the thought of mortality, they grapple with what it means to share—and to come to the end of—a life together.

This moving and compassionate comedy-drama examines food, sex and aging from the perspective of a couple who have spent a lifetime together and who know their time is coming to an end. "There is fun to be had with Tom Cole's ABOUT TIME." —NY Magazine. "Humor is one of the essential factors in survival during the aging process, and I have just had several comforting and fortifying hours of laughter." —NY Newsday. "ABOUT TIME has an edge of stylization reminiscent of Beckett's minimalism and astutely depicts the concerns of the aged." —BackStage.     

Absence of a Cello, The Comedy/Satire 7 (3m, 4f) View Details Compare
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As Martin Gottfried describes: "It is about a physicist who needs money so badly he turns to the $60,000-a-year job offered by a big corporation. He wants the job, but does the company want him? Mr. Personnel is sent to find out. What seems to be starting out as a shopworn target—individuality versus conformity—turns out to be an ingeniously conceived comical discussion of honesty and truth. After being coached by a gray-flanneled collegiate on how to be what every company wants, the scientist is prepared to confront the enemy (after quickly trading in his rolled-up trousers and flapping shirt for a neat brown suit)…He hides the cello he plays with pick-up quartets, he hides the medieval history books his wife writes, he hides all but the acceptable three liquor bottles. He hides, in fact, everything that he and his wife are. And hauls out the television set…What follows is a literately comical playaround with industrial conformity that for sheer humor is, well, wonderfully adult."

A Broadway hit, this refreshingly literate comedy is concerned with the hilarious lengths gone to by a brilliant (but broke) scientist to land a much-needed job with a large corporation. "…a cheerfully venomous comedy about the mysterious monster called the Corporate Image." —NY Daily News. "…a comedy that compliments your intelligence." —Women's Wear Daily. "…right, impertinent comedy…" —NY Times. 

Accelerando Comedy/Satire; Romance 4 (1m, 3f) View Details Compare
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This romantic comedy employs twelve scenes to reveal a relationship that spans an entire nighttime, because: A) with the way the world is speeding up nowadays, a nighttime is really what a lifetime used to be; B) HE's busy, and; C) SHE's in a rush. HE is a classical musician and filmmaker who lives for Art. SHE is a dancer determined to find Love. (The audience will ultimately be asked to vote on which is more important.) Other obstacles are their Mothers (Puerto Rican and WASP), who appear in dreams, or when reason takes a walk or a giant leap, leaving the door open for all mothers…And Fathers, who appear as slides—not quite flesh and blood, but still able to have left an impression. A live musician accompanies all the fun.

"To a classical musician, 'accelerando' means speed it up, but only in music, not in life. The word holds richer potency for a ballet dancer recovering from a broken foot, intent on finding true love by dawn on this particular New Year's Eve…Lisa Loomer's delightfully kinky romantic comedy ACCELERANDO…is inventive and absorbing…His mystical approach to life…bounces joyfully off her matter-of-fact belief in the romantic power of legal bonding." —Los Angleles Times. "Lisa Loomer's ACCELERANDO…puts a refreshing new spin on the familiar theme of looking for love in all the wrong (or possibly right) places…[the] Author's gift is an ability to treat her subject and subjects sympathetically while at the same time sticking them with keenly honed comic barbs." —Variety. "ACCELERANDO…is a carefree, unconventional and funny play." —Drama-Logue.   

According to Goldman Comedy/Satire; Drama 3 (2m, 1f) View Details Compare
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In an attempt to get back into the movie business, a screenwriter-turned-professor finds himself in an unorthodox collaboration with a student, while his wife struggles to define their evolving relationship. ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN pits the lure of fame and celebrity against domestic tranquility.

"ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN is a film buff's delight…packed with material twisting in different directions…brimming with plots and inter-intra character relationships, fantasy scenes, father-son issues, calls from the coast, movie nostalgia, reality checks, deals, trust, ego, and deception…we truly enjoy the ride, admire the technique and appreciate the turns…impressive display and well worth seeing. Bruce Graham is a major talent." —CurtainUp. "…highly entertaining and fascinating…a work that should appeal to movie and theater fans alike. Constantly surprising and often hilarious…does something that few works actually achieve nowadays, namely create rich and complex characters we passionately care about…Graham's writing truly sparkles, effortlessly…entirely fresh and captivating." —Talkin' Broadway. "Just when you think you have Bruce Graham's play ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN all figured out—just when you decide that it's Graham at his humorous best, with one-liners that make you laugh out loud—along comes the second act surprise…this turns out to be a play about change, about midlife crises and about Hollywood itself, warts and all…[William Goldman's] famous quote has come to be an anthem: 'Nobody knows anything'…there's more truth than poetry in that statement, which is also at the core of this engaging play. When a piece of stagecraft can make you laugh, make you think, make you sad and make you wiser, you've had a good night at the theater. ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN does all that…It's a pleasure to experience." —Central Record. "Bruce Graham's latest work is a savvy and insightful look at ambition, insecurity and duplicity among those who conjure up movie magic…packs a memorable emotional sting." —Courier Post.    

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